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Elephants in the Room Part II: The Future of Big 4 in the Legal Market

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This is available only through Legal Compass. Contact our Sales team at 888-770-5647 or by email almlegalintel@alm.com for information.

The future of the Big Four in the legal market is yet to be determined. ALM Intelligence research suggests that three future scenarios seem most likely: 


1) Remain Focused on Legal Services with an Accounting or Consulting Overlap:  the legal arms of the Big Four could remain in their current form – ancillary businesses designed to support the company’s core tax and advisory arms. 

2) Expand into a ‘Full Service’ Offering: the Big Four could expand into a wider range of legal services, and transform their legal arms into standalone businesses similar to their current tax and consulting offerings. Such a move would bring them into direct competition with leading law firms. 

3)Develop a Managed Legal Service Offering: the Big Four could develop a range of managed legal services which looks similar to the current offering of alternative legal service providers.


This paper examines each of these scenarios – which are not mutually exclusive - in detail.  Each offers opportunities and risks to the Big Four, to law firms, and to other players in the legal market.